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Lance Barber (born June 29, 1973)[1] is an American television actor.

Lance Barber
Born (1973-06-29) June 29, 1973 (age 46)
ResidenceLos Angeles
NationalityAmerican
Alma materKellogg Community College
OccupationActor
Years active1998-present
Known forYoung Sheldon,
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
The Comeback.
Black-ish,
(more...)
Spouse(s)Aliza Barber
Children2
WebsiteOfficial twitter page
Lance Barber on IMDb

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Early lifeEdit

Barber was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan and began wanting to be an actor at the age of 7, after seeing a performance of Grease at the Barn Theatre.[1] He acted at Pennfield High School, from which he graduated in 1991, and performed in school productions from Kellogg Community College[1] while earning his associate’s degree.

CareerEdit

After a year at the Barn Theatre, alongside Jennifer Garner, he moved to Chicago and spent five years working his way up in The Second City improvisational comedy troupe.[1] He then moved to Los Angeles and had his first television role in On the Spot, an improv sketch show which ran for five episodes on The WB in 2003.[1] He credits his breakthrough to the 2005 HBO series The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow, in which he played Paulie G., a television writer who he describes as an "asshole".[1] In 2010, he landed the recurring role of Bill Ponderosa on FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.[1] He reprised his role as Paulie G. when HBO brought back The Comeback in 2014.[2] He also starred in episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Gilmore Girls, Californication, Monk, The Mentalist, and Grey's Anatomy.

Barber played Jimmy Speckerman, who bullied Leonard Hofstadter at high school, in one episode of The Big Bang Theory.[3] He was cast as George Cooper Sr., father of Sheldon Cooper, in the spin-off Young Sheldon that premiered in 2017, and mentioned in an interview that some fans were confused by his different roles in the two related series.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Barber lives in Los Angeles with his wife Aliza, who is a chef, and their two young children.[1][4]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Acting roles in film productions performed by Barber: [4][5]

Year Title Role Notes
TBA El Tonto Side Kick
2019 Raunch and Roll Crash In post-production
2017 Never Seen You Shine So Bright Neil Short film
2013 Gangster Squad Comanche
2010 Dead Cat Short film
2010 Penny Frank Short film
2008 Shades of Ray Karaoke Singer
2008 Leatherheads Toledo Referee
2006 For Your Consideration Dinkie
2006 Breakdown Logan Conner Short film
2006 The Lather Effect Paul Helling
2005 The Godfather of Green Bay Kenny Caruso
2005 The Poet of Canis The Poet Short film
2004 Bad Meat Buddy
2003 Patching Cabbage Ryan Short film
2002 Like Mike Director in Commercial (Uncredited)
2002 Tenfold Dunken Boy

TelevisionEdit

Roles and (voice) acting work in television films and series performed by Barber:[4][5]

Year Title Role Notes
2017–2019 Young Sheldon George Sr. TV series (44 episodes, continuing)
2011–2018 The Big Bang Theory George Sr. / Jimmy Speckerman TV series (2 episodes)
  • The VCR Illumination (2018) as 'George Sr.'
  • The Speckerman Recurrence (2011) as 'Jimmy Speckerman'
2010–2018 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Bill Ponderosa TV series (10 episodes)
2017 All Hail King Julien Bruce TV series (episode: One More Cup, Part 2)
(voice)
2016–2017 Black-ish Dr. Gabler TV series (2 episodes):
  • Good Dre Hunting
  • Nothing But Nepotism
2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Patrick TV series (episode: Captain Latvia)
2014–2016 Faking It Lucas / Karma's Dad TV series (8 episodes)
2015 Dr. Ken Phil Stockton TV series (episode: The Master Scheduler)
2005–2014 The Comeback Paulie G. TV series (21 episodes)
2014 Masters of Sex Larry TV series (episode: One for the Money, Two for the Show)
2014 Garfunkel and Oates Drew TV series (episode: Speechless)
2014 Hot in Cleveland Tyler TV series (episode: Straight Outta Cleveland)
2014 Bob's Burgers Justgrillin' TV series (episode: Uncle Teddy) (voice)
2014 We Got Next Jay TV movie
2013 Timms Valley TV series (episode: 2nd Executive)
2013 The Crazy Ones Clyde TV series (episode: Models Love Magic)
2013 Franklin & Bash Teddy Lazlow TV series (episode: Control)
2013 Whitney Nate TV series (episode: Sorry!)
2012 Baby Daddy Tommy TV series (episode: The Daddy Whisperer)
2012 The Soul Man Mr. Richardson TV series (episode: Pastor Interference)
2012 How I Met Your Mother Guard #1 TV series (episode: The Magician's Code: Part 2)
2012 Key and Peele Cop TV series (episode #1.2 (2012)
2011 Harry's Law David Kerwin TV series (episode: Purple Hearts)
2010 Justified Frank TV series (episode: Long in the Tooth)
2010 United States of Tara Sully TV series (2 episodes):
  • The Truth Hurts
  • Trouble Junction
2010 Grey's Anatomy Phil TV series (episode: Suicide Is Painless)
2010 Men of a Certain Age Hardware Store Manager TV series (episode: Father's Fraternity)
2009 Single White Millionaire Seth Mortin TV movie
2009 CSI: Miami Al Wayons TV series (episode: Bad Seed)
2009 Monk Bill the Deliveryman TV series (episode: Mr. Monk Is Someone Else)
2008 The Mentalist Daniel Cardeira TV series (episode: Red-Handed)
2008 The Middleman Johnny John TV series (episode: The Cursed Tuba Contingency)
2007 The Hill Eric TV movie
2007 Californication Nick Lowry TV series (3 episodes)
2007 Insatiable Jerry Marinelli TV series (episode: Pilot)
2006 Thick and Thin Kevin TV series (episode: Mary Moves On)
2006 Untitled Patricia Heaton Project Pete TV movie
2001–2006 Gilmore Girls Hugo Gray / the Man at Inn TV series (2 episodes):
  • Introducing Lorelai Planetarium (2006) as 'Hugo Gray'
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter (2001) as 'the Man at Inn'
2005 Joey Steve TV series (episode: Joey and the High School Friend)
2004 Come to Papa Phillip TV series (episode: The Crush)
2004 Faking the Video Billy the Fake Director TV series
2004 Yes, Dear Man TV series (episode: Who Done It?)
2003 On the Spot Ensemble Player TV series (5 episodes)
2002 What I Like About You Phone Guy TV series (episode: Spa Day)
2001 ER Howard Norden TV series (episode: Start All Over Again)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Lance Barber finds a home in television". Battle Creek Enquirer. November 14, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Metz, Nina (December 11, 2014). "Lance Barber on his long-awaited 'Comeback'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Young Sheldon interview: Lance Barber on playing Sheldon's father George Cooper Sr". CarterMatt. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Lance Barber – Filmography". IMDb. Archived from the original on January 2, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Lance Barber". tvguide.com. TV Guide. Archived from the original on April 25, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2019.

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